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E N V I R O N M E N T A L News November2011 2

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Here\'s another edition of "Environmental News!" As always, there\'s lots of great information in this one. In particular, there are several photos of environmentally-related observances …

Here\'s another edition of "Environmental News!" As always, there\'s lots of great information in this one. In particular, there are several photos of environmentally-related observances at several PRARNG facilities throughout the Island. Is your facility shown?


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  • 1. Volume 6/November 2011 l / b Page ‐1‐ Inside this issue: Water…………………1 Energy………………..2 EMS…….....................2 AST’s………………...2 Haz. Waste…………....3WATER,WATER is the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain forms streams rain, streams, SPCC…………………4 SPCC 4lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter. Water (H2O), is P Env Inspections.............4essential for human survival and well-being and important to many sectors of theeconomy. However, resources are irregularly distributed in space and time, and Rthey are under pressure due to human activity. ANinety-six percent of liquid fresh water can be found underground. Groundwateris water that occurs below the surface of the Earth, where it occupies spaces in p p Rsoils or geologic strata. It feeds springs and streams, supports wetlands, helpskeep land surfaces stable, and is a critical water resource. NMore than 25 percent of the population of Puerto Rico was served by Ggroundwater public supply systems. Camp Santiago and Fort Allen population isserving by groundwater. In order to control the quality of this importantresource, policies regarding groundwater are implemented on PR and all USAstates.states The requirements are highly variable from place to place Some set place. W Water Tank - FATSspecific depletion caps, others only say that water must go to "beneficial uses".Many but not all states require permits for drilling and producing from wells. ACSTS have 2 wells that are regulated by the PR Health Department for its use, Twith a unique identification number. Also 3 wells are established at FATS. Anaggressive monitoring program to obtain quality of this water is managed at the EEnvironmental Section. According to requirements from the PR Health g qDepartment, different parameters are analyzed monthly, bi-monthly, bi-annual or Rannually at these two installations.All the population at both training sites can contribute to diminish the possiblecontamination of this important resource. This goal can be reach avoiding spills Sof products such as gasoline, oil, road salts, and chemicals to the soil that can getinto the groundwater, and cause it to become unsafe and unfit for human use. U Water Pump Systems-FATS Systems FATSRemember,Remember unless water is a renewable resource the replenishing of water is resource,outstripped by its consumption, the once renewable resource is in severe danger. PYou can cut the amount of water you use without sacrificing fun or Peffectiveness. If you see a small, leak of water at any place of our training sitesincluding toilets, faucets and pipes, report this issues to the Engineer Facility LManager in order to correct the deficiency and contribute with waterconservation at our Planet. Although they may seem small, leaks can create a g y y Yconsiderable amount of unnecessary water usage.
  • 2. Page -2- ENERGY During October 1 -31, 2011, the PRARNG celebrated the Energy Awareness Month Remember always to take time to review Month. your daily routine to conserve energy, empower others to take action and join together to save energy and money“Turn Words Into Actions; Turn Action IntoWords” Turn OFF The Lights, Save Energy Aboveground Storage Tank Systems are used to store diesel. There are six facilities with this kind of system: Gurabo Vega Baja Hato Gurabo, Baja, Rey, Mayagüez, Fort Allen and AASF. Whenever you fill the military vehicle with diesel from these tanks, you must need to have a Spill Kit near the operation. Also you need to have the Emergency Personnel list including phone numbers near the area. Any spill must be immediately notified t your supervisor and t i di t l tifi d to i d to the FMO Environmental personnel. In order to continue with the implementation have any question.of the Environmental Management System(EMS), the Environmental Section offered( ), You can check different EMS briefings at gon September a training at the Full Time the Public Data, EMS folder. Contact Mrs.Support Personnel Meeting (FTSPM) of the Ileana Mejía, State Environmental92D MEB. EMS trainings were also offered to Specialist, (289-1400 ext. 1068), topersonnel of the 190th EN BN. It is coordinate an EMS briefing at yourmandatory to maintain the units aware of the installation.importance of:a) Maintain and Implement all concerned documents , laws and regulationsb) Endorse continual environmental inspections at each facilityc) Communicate immediately with the Environmental Section if you receive a Regulator in your facility. Be prepared to answer everything with correct Information.d) 4. Call the Environmental Section if you
  • 3. Page -3- All the PRARNG facilities are working hard in order to maintain the HW areas in good conditions and according to regulations. See how the following photos that includes excellent storage areas match with the correct facility: San Gemán Mrs. María Santiago is the Puerto Rico Army National GuardProper Label of “Used Oil” in Hazardous WasteEnglish and Spanish “Aceite Usado” Vega Baja Manager since 1992. Some of her responsibilities related to the HW area are: 1. Monitors all HW generated by the PRARNG 2. Provides technical assistance to the Drip pans at almost every Environmental military vehicle y Coordinators at each unit and activity d ti it 3. Arranges for wastes MATES sampling and analysis as needed 4. Prepares required reports to federal and state agencies 5. Provides on-the-job Trainings 6. 6 Receives and processes DA Forms 2765-1 from generating Units 7. Produces DD1348-1a as based on turn-in Spill Kit near the AST Hato Rey documentation 8. Coordinates waste pick-up with DRMO If you have any question related to HW contact Ms. Santiago at (787)289-1400 ext 1070 Congratulations to these Facilities! Always encourage your personnel to continue with good Proper lock at the spill Environmental Practices berm valve YES!!!!
  • 4. Page -4- Who needs to have a Spill Prevention The Plan includes areas where Control and Countermeasure Plan? potential spill may occur, (SPCC): emergency areas, and all methods Any Non-Transportation-Related Facility and procedures necessary for engaged in: drilling, producing, preventing the escape of oil, gathering, storing, processing, refining, hazardous substances and hazardous transferring, distributing, using, or wastes in “harmful quantities” into consuming Oil of any kind (petroleum, navigable waters or groundwater in vegetable, animal, synthetic) in: total Puerto Rico. The plan also includes For more aboveground storage capacity >1,320 action and interaction procedures information gallons counting only containers 55 with emergency and law related to gallons and greater; and/or total enforcement agencies. Commanders SPCC Plan underground capacity > 42,000 gallons of each facility above mentioned contact Ms of buried tanks covered in 40 CFR part will allocate the human and 280 or 281.Applying this definition and economic resources necessary to Ileana Mejía complying with the regulations there are regulations, implement and maintain these plans at (787)289- ( ) 8 facilities at the Puerto Rico Army as part of the PRARNG efforts to 1400 ext National Guard that are required to have protect the environment of Puerto 1068. an SPCC Plan: Rico “Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes Failure to comply with inspections and included at the SPCC Plan or notify expectations” changes of information at the Plan could end in Notice of Violations and Fines“Explore, Environmental Inspections: The Environmental Section continue performing inspections to allenjoy and the facilities. After an inspection the findings are discussed withprotect the the designated person of each facility in order to resolve the problem and encourage to avoid its recurrence. Ms. Marisol Díaz isplanet” in charge of the Environmental Performance Assessment System (EPAS) which work with the identification, management and closure process of each finding. Contact Ms. Díaz at (787)289-1400 ext 1069 for more information.